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GUIDE WEATHER – for Feb. 1, 2011

ONTARIO

Jan. 30-Feb. 5:A few brighter days are interspersed with heavier snow and blustery winds this week. Seasonal to occasionally cold temperatures.

Feb. 6-12:Sunny on a couple days, otherwise expect snow, at times heavy, on two to three occasions. Risk of rain in the southwest. Variable temperatures with blustery winds.

Feb. 13-19:Minor thawing occurs in the south, otherwise seasonable. Fair but snow mixed with rain in the south on a couple of days. Mostly cold and snowy northwest.

Feb. 20-26:Blustery winds cause temperatures to vary from cold to mild. Some thawing south. Sunny skies alternate with intermittent snow or rain, chance heavy in places.

Feb. 27-Mar. 5:Thawing temperatures by day but freezing by night. Generally fair but expect snow mixed with rain on two or three days this week, risk heavy in places. Windy.

QUEBEC

Jan. 30-Feb. 5:Unsettled and often windy on a couple of days this week with snow, at times heavy. Temperatures vary from mild to cold.

Feb. 6-12:Look for bright skies on a few days which will alternate with snow, possibly heavy in places. Blustery at times. Seasonal to occasionally cold.

Feb. 13-19:Temperatures fluctuate under windy conditions. Sunny skies are followed by snow, mixed with rain in the south. Cold and mainly clear north.

Feb. 20-26:Expect some thawing by day with freezing at night. Fair apart from snow on a couple of days, mixed with rain in the south. Chance heavy precipitation.

Feb. 27-Mar. 5:Cold in spite of some thawing by day. Fair skies but look for snow mixed with rain on a couple days, risk heavy in places. Occasionally windy.

ATLANTIC PROVINCES

Jan. 30-Feb. 5:Generally cold in spite of some coastal thawing. Fair and blustery with scattered snow, heavy in places, especially along windward coasts.

Feb. 6-12:Fair, bright weather this week alternates with some snow, chance heavy along the windward coasts. Patchy coastal rain. Seasonal to cold temperatures.

Feb. 13-19:Unsettled and windy on two to three days this week with snow or rain, heavy in a few localities. Temperatures fluctuate from mild to cold.

Feb. 20-26:Milder air and thawing interchanges with cold outbreaks under windy conditions. Look for occasional snow, mixed with rain at times near the coasts.

Feb. 27-Mar. 5:Often sunny but expect snow, some rain on two or three days this week, possibly heavy in a few regions. Seasonal to cold. Windy at times.

January 30 to March 5, 2011

NATIONAL HIGHLIGHTS

Winter will keep a firm grip on many areas of the country in this period. Nevertheless, as we emerge out of the coldest time of year, all regions will see brighter skies and thawing temperatures by late February. This changeover will bring a few stormy sessions to several regions extending throughout Canada as a series of disturbances race across the country. In some instances, weather warnings may have to be issued in order to alert the public to impending inclement weather. Below normal temperatures are expected to dominate Western Canada from British Columbia eastward through the Prairies and into Northwest Ontario under the present La Nia regime. Frequent snowstorms will add to the cold conditions with heavier than usual snow in parts of the west. In Eastern Canada, alternating cold and mild spells are expected to result in near normal temperatures from southern Ontario to the Atlantic provinces. It is anticipated that snow and rain totals will average near to a little above normal in these areas.

Prepared by meteorologist Larry Romaniuk of Weatherite Services. Forecasts should be 80 per cent accurate for your area; expect variations by a day or two due to changeable speed of weather systems.

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